Author Flies to Canada to Personally Deliver his Book to a Customer

From Dayton Daily News:

SPRINGFIELD — When Wittenberg University professor Dan Fleisch read on Amazon.com that Michel Cuhaci of Ottawa had received a flawed copy of Fleisch’s book “A Student’s Guide to Maxwell’s Equation,” he posted a comment, identifying himself as the author and promising Cuhaci he would try to send the book via overnight courier.

The only problem was, it was Christmas Eve.

“I called (parcel services), and getting it delivered was out of the question,” he said. “Then I thought, ‘OK, maybe I can find a bookstore that had it in stock.’ ”

No luck — most bookstores had closed early.

“It got to be late afternoon. I couldn’t find anyway to get it to him.”

His next thought — he’d drive to Canada and deliver the $26 book himself.

After much rigmarole, he booked a flight out to hand deliver it:

Cuhaci was at home, preparing to go to his nephew’s house, when the doorbell rang.

“My wife said, ‘There’s someone with a beard at the door,’ ” Cuhaci said.

“I opened the door and there’s this guy in front of me saying, ‘Which book would you like, hardcover or soft?’ ” Cuhaci said. “I was surprised and shocked. I was trying to understand what was happening.”

Fleisch told him he was the author, but wasn’t sure if Cuhaci comprehended.

“He was clearly an intelligent man, but you could just watch the wheels turning in his head,” Fleisch said. Not wanting to intrude further, Fleisch apologized for the misprint, handed him the book and walked away.

Cuhaci, still confused, slowly closed the door and looked at his wife.

“I thought he said he was the author,” Cuhaci told her. They ran to the computer and checked out Wittenberg’s Web site. There was a photo of Fleisch — the man who had just walked down their drive and pulled away.

“To think, there he was and I didn’t even ask him to sign it,” Cuhaci said. “I didn’t even invite him in for coffee.”

Satisfied that he did the right thing, Fleisch headed back to the airport for a 90-minute flight home.

What he found was a backlog of travelers who had been delayed by the previous day’s snowstorm and also looking for flights.

“It took me 11 hours to get back,” he said. “I got home sometime after midnight.”

The trip, Fleish said, was a good choice.

“Just seeing the look on his face … it was worth it.”

(via J-Walk)

Giant Lego man washed up on Dutch beach

This is clearly a dry run for a terrorist plot of some kind.

A giant, smiling Lego man has been fished out of the sea in the Dutch resort of Zandvoort.

Workers at a drinks stall rescued the 2.5-metre tall model, which had a yellow head and blue torso.

“We saw something bobbing about in the sea and we decided to take it out of the water,” said a stall worker. “It was a life-sized Lego toy.”

Zoologist Disguises Himself to Study Crocodiles

I’ve got a bad feeling about this.

When Dr Brady Barr decided to dress up as a crocodile, the disguise needed to be good.

Otherwise he was in grave danger of being eaten by the real thing.

The zoologist adopted his bizarre outfit in the hope of getting closer to a colony of Nile crocodiles, which can grow up to 20ft.

His disguise was a prosthetic head attached to the front of a protective metal cage covered with canvas and a generous plastering of hippo dung to mask his human scent.

(via Nothing to do with Arbroath)

The Toenail Necklace

The only way this could be more disgusting was if there were actual toes still attached to the nails.

Gosh, what is an ultrarunner to do with all the lost and blackened toenails from those 100-milers? Why, make a necklace, of course!

I kid you not – below is a picture of Jan Ryerse’ toenail necklace that he made from the remnants of his Badwater, Western States, and other expeditions. He also takes donations if you would like to send yours in.

The Mojave Phone Booth

From Wikipedia:

The Mojave phone booth was a lone telephone booth placed circa 1960 in the Mojave National Preserve which attracted an online following in 1997 due to its unusual location. The booth was 15 miles from the nearest interstate highway, and miles from any buildings. Its phone number was originally +1-714-733-9969, before the area code changed to 619 and then to 760; 733 is the Baker, California rate center.

Fans called the booth attempting to get a reply, and a few took trips to the booth to answer, often camping out at the site. Several callers kept recordings of their conversations. Over time, the booth became covered in graffiti, as many travelers would leave a message on it.

One of the more humorous incidents involving the phone booth was documented by Los Angeles Times writer John Glionna, who met 51-year-old Rick Karr there. Karr claims he was instructed by the Holy Spirit to answer the phone. He spent 32 days there, answering more than 500 phone calls including repeated calls from someone who identified himself as “Sergeant Zeno from the Pentagon.”

For more info you can go to the Mojave Phone Booth site.

The Museum of Unworkable Devices

This museum is a celebration of fascinating devices that don’t work. It houses diverse examples of the perverse genius of inventors who refused to let their thinking be intimidated by the laws of nature, remaining optimistic in the face of repeated failures. Watch and be amazed as we bring to life eccentric and even intricate perpetual motion machines that have remained steadfastly unmoving since their inception.